First month pregnancy symptoms can vary from woman to woman. Some women breeze through with no real symptoms, so much that they may not realize they are pregnant until they are also out of the first trimester.
Others may realize something is going on inside their body fairly quickly. They may experience one or more signs of pregnancy below and confirm their wonder with a pregnancy test or doctor’s appointment.
Let’s take a look at the common pregnancy symptoms in the first month, and how you can handle any discomfort that could arise from each!
First Month Pregnancy Symptoms and How to Deal
1. Missed period.
The tell-tale sign that you are pregnant. I have always tracked my periods (made much easier now thanks to the Period Tracker Lite app!), so I noticed when I was a day or two late with both boys. The first thing I did was sent my husband to the store for a home pregnancy test. I had to know!
2. Breast changes.
While your breasts won’t change much in size during the first trimester, you may start to experience some swelling or tenderness. This is similar to breast discomfort many women have right before the start of a period.
To help get some relief, ensure you are wearing a bra that provides ample support. Wear a cotton sports bra to bed each night if the pain is keeping you awake. Also, let your partner know to be careful during hugs. Sometimes just a small touch can really hurt!
3. Nausea (morning sickness).
This may be one of the most common first month pregnancy symptoms women experience. It may be due to low blood sugar, when your stomach is empty. However, you may also feel nauseous due to your heightened sense of smell.
My best remedy for morning sickness was peppermint. I kept the candy and mints on hand at all times. Usually, my stomach calmed down within 15 minutes or so after having some form of peppermint.
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Your body is making some dramatic changes to prepare for growing a baby. Your emotions are likely all over the place, and nausea can really wear you out. It’s very common to experience tiredness in those first few weeks.
Battle this by getting plenty of sleep during the night. Practice a good bedtime routine so your body can wind down and relax by the time you hit the pillow. If needed, take 15-20 minute nap in the afternoon so you can make it until bedtime.
5. Food cravings or aversions.
With hormones going crazy, two popular first month pregnancy symptoms expecting women have are related to food. You may suddenly crave foods you didn’t like before, or hate even the smell of a favorite food.
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Give into your cravings, within moderation. For the more unhealthy urges, try to make substitutions or indulge without going overboard. Opt for a couple squares of a Hershey’s chocolate bar rather than an entire bag of M&Ms. Also, when you feel the urge to snack on something unhealthy, try to distract your mind with a tall glass of water or even by going for a walk.
6. Mood swings.
Again, blame those hormones for creating the fleeting emotions you feel during your first month of pregnancy. You may start to cry at the drop of the hat. It’s common for your partner to annoy you by simply breathing. The next moment, you are either stressed, worried, or elated that you are expecting.
Try to calm your moods by practicing stress-relieving techniques like meditation or pregnancy yoga.
And if you want something to take your mind of your new symptoms, get started on your baby registry!